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How much does a sustainability certification cost?

by Dennis

How much do sustainability certifications cost? What's the average price of a sustainable certification?

Consumers are going green. Everyone wants to see some sort of verifiable label proving that your product is better for the environment, for their health, or just better than a competitors. It's documented that customers aren't necessarily driven by cost anymore. Take a stroll through the grocery store. Or a Home Depot. Or practically any store these days. You'll notice something similar no matter where you go.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Certifications

What are sustainability certifications?

by Doug

Learn why sustainability certifications mean different things to different companies and products.

It seems you can't go anywhere today without hearing about sustainability, and that's great! But, what do they all mean? Who determines if a product is sustainable? What do the labels mean? Are the measurements equal for everyone?

Thankfully, we're living in a world where a lot of responsible businesses are becoming more sustainable, with more joining the ranks every day. And, it's something that we, as consumers, are demanding. We want sustainably grown coffee, sustainably harvested seafood, laptop computers made in a sustainable manner, and other products from companies that share the same values and morals that we as individuals do.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Certifications

What is the concrete Responsible Sourcing Scheme (RSS)?

by Doug

We cover some of the basics about the new concrete responsible sourcing scheme.

We've been working heavily with some savvy concrete producers lately who are actively pursuing becoming more environmentally friendly and sustainable companies. Aside from the obvious PR boost, these top producers are seeing a very real ROI by embracing sustainable practices, implementing solid, 3rd party verifiable environmental management systems, and not screwing around with basic environmental compliance issues. They're getting better, higher paying jobs, working for very well-known publicly recognizable companies, making good money, and buying up competitors left and right.

And now, there's a new game in town to help them even more. Enter the concrete responsible sourcing scheme, or the concrete RSS.

Let's get into some questions these producers have been asking us, and try to explain what it is.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Certifications

What good is a general industry-average EPD (Environmental Product Declaration)?

by Doug

Depending on how forward thinking your industry, trade association, or other group representing you and your business is, you might have the option to join into a industry-average EPD. For some, this is a home run, for others, it might hurt them. We discuss the pros and cons of an industry-average EPD, and who can be impacted by it.

When we’re working with clients on a program of sustainable practices for their businesses, we often get around to recommending they consider Environmental Product Declarations for their products. Sometimes the response we get in return is “we’re not going to get our own, we’re going to use the general industry-average created by X” (where X represents a trade group, manufacturers consortium, you name it).

Understanding what a general industry-average EPD is can be pretty important, because they are becoming more and more requested by customers and others, and you stand to either benefit or suffer from using one. The reasons why aren’t that hard to figure out, but can be pretty important to your business in the long run. 

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Certifications

How Can I Become More Sustainable - The Best 5 Steps to Take

by Doug

Everyone makes New Year's resolutions. You might want to drop a few pounds this year, but have you thought of resolutions for your business?

You should be. Look beyond increasing revenue, and focus on your triple bottom line. People, Planet, Profit. Becoming more sustainable should be a goal for this year for your operation... You may think sustainability is a pipe dream, and out of reach of most, but the truth is, it's not.

The biggest problem with becoming more sustainable is many don't know where to even begin.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Sustainability Reporting, Sustainable Certifications, Sustainability Training

5 Hot Environmental and Sustainability Topics for 2013

by Doug

As I gaze into the crystal ball for the year 2013, I believe that there are multiple environmental and sustainability issues that will come to the forefront for the construction materials industries during the New Year. But here's five that I think that might really make a difference to you and your operation during 2013.

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Topics: Sustainability, TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Sustainability Reporting, Sustainable Certifications